Blended Families Week: When Love Trumps DNA…an Awesome Love Story

BY: - 20 Sep '13 | Blended Families

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You see, from the moment he opened his heart to receive the gift of her love, from the moment she began to feel confident enough to rest her tiny hand in his and draw him in our family photos – perhaps even before that it was clear that she was destined to be his.

The very thing my baby longed for was a daddy and God saw fit to give her that in the form of a loving, hardworking caring man. A man who made room in his heart and life for two loves. A man who understood that to whom much is given much is required. A man who decided that we would be a team, that my family of two would become our family of three.

When people tell my husband that our daughter looks just like him he smiles and says thank you. When people tell my daughter she looks just like her daddy her face lights up and she thanks them. They know that from a scientific standpoint their genetic makeup is not one in the same. But their hearts mirror one another, their spirits are kindred and so many of their characteristics are just alike. The two of them are a match made in heaven and a testament to the fact that love trumps DNA. Every time.

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It takes more than genetics to be a parent and some of the greatest parents do not share the same genetic makeup as their children. And with the exception of a difference in physical characteristics you’d never know it. And to be honest does it matter all that much? My husband had a heart that was equipped and willing to receive not just my love but also that of my child.

Love is a powerful force and our family has been blended into something quite beautiful. Because of God’s grace and mercy my child didn’t have to pay for her mother’s poor decision making. And because of His great love for us He blessed us with everything we needed even if we didn’t know it at the time.

Humbled and grateful that love did its thing. Love trumped DNA.

BMWK – We talk a lot about the challenges of blended family life, but we have to also have to talk about the blessings in a blended family. And love, is definitely a blessing.

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Krishann Briscoe wrote 32 articles on this blog.

Krishann Briscoe is a child welfare professional turned freelancer with a background in child and adolescent development and social work. In addition to authoring her personal blog His Mrs. Her Mr., Krishann is a contributor for Disney's Babble, The Conversation and The Conscious Perspective. Krishann resides in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.

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    Hello there! This post couldn’t be written much better!
    Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept talking about this. I most certainly will send this article to him.
    Fairly certain he’s going to have a great read. Thank you for sharing!

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Video: Short Film Captures the Challenges and Love of Blended Families

BY: - 8 Oct '13 | Blended Families

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When you bring together a blended family, everyone (and I mean everyone) will experience growing pains….from the step-parent, to the biological parent, to the kids. They all have to go through a period of adjusting to their new reality.  And this period can be easy for some and it can be very difficult for others.

I know this reality all too well as Lamar and I have a blended family. I already had 2 kids when we met; my son was 11 years old and my daughter was 2 years old. Can you imagine what Lamar had to go through being thrust into this ready-made family? Or, what about how my 11 year old son was feeling when he had to move to a new state and live in a home with such a strong male presence. I think the only one that ‘seemed’ to be fine with everything was baby girl…but aren’t 2 year olds pretty much happy about everything??

Eight years later, and if I had to contribute one thing to us thriving (yes thriving) as a family, it would be our (Lamar and I) decision to remain united.  We’ve shed some tears and we’ve had some differences, but we have always been able to reassure each other that we are in it together and that we love each other no matter what.

This is why I love this latest Marriage Pressure Points short film, because in 10 minutes it captures the emotions and tensions that blended families face. But, it also shows you that patience and love can truly keep it together.

BMWK –  We are honored to host the Official Web Premiere of the film Portrait here on BlackandMarriedwithKids.com.  Please take a look at it below and then let us know the keys to your blended family thriving. Can you relate to any of the characters in the movie?

Click here to see more Marriage Pressure Points films.

Marriage Pressure Points, is a ministry that has a heart for broken marriages, and is giving hope to restore these marriages.The ministry is made possible by the support of those who have a similar heart and hope for the restoration of these marriages.  You can help by visiting their website and making a donation of any amount. Please follow Marriage Pressure Points on Facebook.

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Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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